shedding light on Africa's energy problem

The lack of modern energy affects the lives of nearly a third of humanity. While many of the world’s poor still remain in extreme poverty, ill health and in darkness the vicious cycle of poverty continues to affect the lives of millions of people globally. More than 1.2 billion people - 16% of the global population lack access to electricity. More than 95% of those living without electricity are in countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. About 600 million people in Africa (60% of the population) have no access to electricity. In Sierra Leone, only 13 % of the population have access to electricity, this number drops to 1% in the country's rural areas. Many people are forced to rely upon toxic and expensive kerosene lanterns as their primary source of light. Having access to safe, clean and affordable energy can help break the cycle of poverty. 


The Little Sun lamp, as sold by Smiling Through Light

The Little Sun lamp, as sold by Smiling Through Light

Solution: Igniting Potential Through Solar

Smiling through Light is a company which works with a network of women to provide clean, reliable and sustainable energy in Sierra Leone. By setting up distribution networks and supporting small female-run businesses, the organisation helps communities access safe, clean light technology, whilst simultaneously creating employment and income opportunities. The profits of the company are reinvested in the social enterprise: buying more solar products, providing capacity building training and ongoing support to the women.



Impact: Brightening lives

Smiling through Light aims to transform the lives of millions of women and girls, first in Sierra Leone and then Africa more widely. With a dual focus on creating thriving businesses and access to sustainable energy sources, we will help support economic growth, environmental awareness and tackle air pollution. Access to sustainable energy is vital to securing a cleaner, brighter future for Africa, Smiling through Light is committed to ensuring that the sustainable energy revolution leaves no one behind.